Market Info

Types of Payments and food access accepted/distributed at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

ACCEPTED:

Cash

Credit/Debit cards converted to Market Money

Customers who would like to use their credit/debit cards at the market are directed to the Market Information tent to convert their credit/debit card purchase amount to market money. Market money is accepted by all vendors at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Vendors give U.S. Currency in change. Some vendors are set up to take your credit/debit card directly for your purchase.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP/EBT/MI Bridge Card

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the name for food stamps. In Michigan this program is also referred to as the Michigan Bridge Card. Those who meet income eligibility requirements are allotted a set amount of money each month, on their Bridge Card, to help them purchase food.

Project FRESH

WIC Project FRESH is a program that makes fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers, through Michigan farmers markets. Women and children up to age 5 (excluding infants) currently enrolled in the WIC program can get coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables to use at the farmers market. Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are targeted to help meet their special nutritional needs.

For more information click here or you can call your local WIC agency.

Senior Market FRESH

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) awards grants to states, United States territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. To learn more, click here If you think you are eligible to participate contact your local senior center for your community’s individual program information.

DISTRIBUTED:

Double Up Food Bucks

An exciting program the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market participates in that matches up to $20.00/day for people who use their SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Each time a SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card recipient uses their card at market, we give them double the amount of money they ran the card for up to $20.00. Example, if a Bridge card is swiped for $10, our grant funding enables us to give out an additional $10.00 for a total of $20.00 in food purchasing tokens and only $10.00 came off the customers Bridge Card. The Double Up Food Bucks tokens are used exclusively for fresh, Michigan grown produce sold at the market. This frees up the original Bridge card allocation to be used on other groceries found at the market, such as eggs, meat and bread. For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, visit http://www.doubleupfoodbucks.org/

Hoophouses for Health

Families with children 0-8 years old who are registered with CAAM Head Start, MARESA Early Childhood programs or YMCA young child programs are eligible to receive $16/household member/month to use at participating farmers booth at the market. Allocations are distributed on electronic card and are valid for 60 days.

featured recipe

Roasted Red Kuri Squash + Tart Cherries


Four more outdoor weeks, then 7 indoor markets providing  direct access to locally grown food from the farmers at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. There is an abundance of squash varieties. All of them taste great and can be prepared in different ways; roasted or steamed. Usually when eating winter squash, only the inside flesh is eaten. The Red Kuri Squash, however, both the flesh and skin can be eaten! Give it a try, either as a main course or a side dish; it would be fabulous with lamb chops or pork chops.

Red Kuri squash, or orange Hokkaido pumpkin, has smooth flesh and a rich, sweet flavor that shines through in pies, soups, and side dishes. Red Kuri Squash or Hokkaido Pumpkin

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small/medium red kuri squash
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 2 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup rough chopped pecans
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Maldon Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Cut squash in half, remove seeds, and slice into half moons.
  • Place squash in a single layer on a baking sheet. Coat lightly in olive oil, sprinkle generously with sea salt and roast for 25-35 minutes or until soft.
  • In a medium saute pan combine Earth Balance, cherries, rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until cherries are soft and rosemary is fragrant. Remove from heat and add pecans. Mix well.
  • Place squash on serving platter, cover with cherry mix and sprinkle with Maldon salt. Serve immediately!

 

SARAH YATES A House in the Hills